Ireland needs more software engineers to meet growing demand

Ireland needs more software engineers to meet growing demand

16 May 2011 at 00:00
Ireland has created 5,000 jobs in the technology sector since 2010 and employers expect more opportunities for software engineers in the future, according to John Power.  He was speaking ahead of a seminar, ‘Smart Futures’, to take place on Thursday, May 19, at Engineers Ireland which will explore the wealth of jobs currently available in the technology sector and the career options available for students and jobseekers.
 
“Through our network of employers and members, Engineers Ireland continues to hear about the increase of vacancies in growing technology firms,” Mr Power said.  “Since the beginning of 2010 more than 5,000 jobs have been created in the technology sector in Ireland, further highlighting how the sector is flourishing in the face of global economic uncertainty.  Our experts at the ‘Smart Futures’ seminar will discuss their views on the skills needs of indigenous software and multinational companies, current employment opportunities and the future potential of the sector in Ireland.  With Ireland becoming an early mover as a hub for cloud computing and the digital games industry, we are at a pivotal turning point.  Either we help our population nurture the skills to meet the needs of these emerging sectors or we miss a great opportunity.  It’s a stark but simple choice.” 
 
The event will be opened by two keynote speakers, Regina Moran, CEO of Fujitsu Ireland and Chair of ICT Ireland, and Dr. Sean Baker, Director of Gridstore.  There will also be a panel discussion chaired by Philip Sharpe, DANU Technologies, with Neil O'Herlihy, Google, Brendan Cannon, Intel, Cormac Keenan, Facebook, Kevin Marshall, Microsoft Ireland and Tom Boland, HEA.
 
This is an Engineers Ireland and ICT Ireland event, supported by the Irish Software Association and Discover Science and Engineering, will begin at 8.30 am on Thursday, May 19 at the Engineers Ireland offices on Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin.
 
To attend this free event, bookings can be made here